2015 International Meetings and Programs Schedule


Thank you for joining us at the ALA 2015 Annual Conference!

The ALA Annual Conference offers you an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your knowledge, share your ideas, and network with experts from around the globe as you participate in one of the largest and most exciting library events in the world! Around 2,200 scheduled events of which more than 500 are programs, discussions, sessions, and in-depth facilitated and informal conversations, and 900+ exhibitors.


Below is a list of meetings and events for the International Relations Committee (IRC), the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), and other ALA Offices hosting programs with an international focus.

Please see Final Program Guide to confirm locations.



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Leading from Any Position: Libraries which are Leaders in their Communities and Librarians who Lead IRRT Preconference
8:00 am- 1:00 pm
Location: Moscone Convention Center - 122 (N)
Description: The library profession is constantly adjusting to new technical developments, standards and innovative new services.  These changes may occur without additional funding, or in an environment where the relevance of library services may not be widely known, or may be questioned as larger institutions face rethinking of structures.  Libraries need to be leaders in their communities in order to ensure they are full participants in the future of those communities. Learn how librarians from around the world are addressing how to lead and how to nurture leadership of both individuals and libraries. 
Speakers: TBA
Cost: $90 USD
Registration includes: Materials, refreshments and lunch.
Event code: IRR2
International Relations Committee Meeting I
2:00-4:00 pm 
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center - N214
International Librarians Orientation
2:30 - 4:00 pm
Location: Marriott Marquis San Francisco - Golden Gate A
Description: This is a “must-attend” session for first-time international attendees and other members from abroad. ALA members will provide an overview of ALA, the conference, exhibits and the city of San Francisco, including recommended programs and social activities. This program provides an opportunity to meet other colleagues who will help international librarians get the most from their conference experience. 


IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting
8:30 -11:30 am 
Location: Westin St. Francis - Tower  Salon A& B
IFLA Columbus 2016 Update
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Moscone Convention Center- 3006 (W)
Description: IFLA organizers and staff will give a brief update about IFLA's initiatives and conference.
E-Books and E-Readers: Leveling the Playing Field or Widening the Digital Gap? - IRRT Paper Session and Projects
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center  - S233
Description: With their ease of distribution and availability in large numbers, E-books and e-readers hold great promise for delivering currency and intellectual content to the information poor.  At the same time, digital information is often only available to those who can afford internet access and the technological infrastructure needed to provide that access.  This program will feature projects and research illustrating how e-books and e-readers have impacted libraries and readers globally in many different ways.
Speakers: Christina de CastellDirector | Resources & Technology, Vancouver Public Library; Renee ChaluteLearning Librarian | Digital Services, Vancouver Public Library, Canada; Igwe Ukoha, University Librarian; National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria; Edema O. Onwuchekwa, CLN Learning Resources Centre/Library, National Open University of Nigeria; Maitrayee Ghosh, PhD, Fullbright Nehru Post Doctoral Fellow, Florida State University; John Hickok, International/Outreach Librarian, California State University in Fullerton; Ai Cheng Tay, Assistant Chief Executive (Public Libraries) and Chief Librarian, National Library Board of Singapore; Grace Sim, Librarian, Public Libraries Group, National Library of Singapore; Ida Fajor Priyanto, Chair, Library Development Board of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Secretary General of Indonesia Association of Academic Libraries.
Library Services in Multi-Branch Networks in China
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center-S225
Description:  China is multiethnic country with big population and vast territory, which is the challenge to the public and other libraries in China. In the past years, the libraries in China have been working to establish effective and modern library service network, and provide equal service for all users. 
Speakers: Wang Qi, Deputy Directory, Library Society of China; Zhong Yan, Deputy Secretary General, Library Society of China.


Executive Committee Meeting - IRRT
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center – N212
International Poster Session
10:30 am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Floor
Growing Libraries, Growing Librarians: Partnerships with libraries and library schools in Africa
1:00 pm - 2:30pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center-N254
Description: This panel will highlight how American and African organizations are partnering to improve library services in Africa.  Topics include book donation drives, building village libraries, Internet access and skill-building, crowd funding, and training the next generation of African librarians.   Librarians with an interest in Africa as well as those seeking ideas to link with sister institutions in Africa will want to attend.  
Speakers: Agnes J. Gozo; Director, Client Services, University of South Africa Library, Pretoria, South Africa; Mustafa Abdelwahid, Director, Alfaisal University Library, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Yetunde A. Zaid, Head, Readers’ Service Dept., University of Lagos Library, Lagos, Nigeria; Christopher Okiki, Systems Librarian, University of Lagos Library, Lagos, Nigeria; Barfi-Adomako Owusu, Head, Academic Computing Unit, University of Ghana Computing Systems, Legon, 
Florence Mugambi, Information Services and Instruction Librarian, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana; 
Henry Mendelsohn, Regional Library Officer, Public Affairs Section, US Embassy Nairobi, US Dept. of State.
The role and limitations of social media as an information source in the Middle East - DISCUSSION Session
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center-S227

Description: Social media play an important role in shaping the political landscape in the Middle-East.  They serve as a tool of communication and possible as an alternative to traditional media, such as television, newspapers, radio etc.  The Near East and South Asia Subcommittee of ALA's International Relations Committee is sponsoring a program on analyzing the impact and influence of the social media tools on the political and cultural changes taking place in the region.
Expanding the School Library: connecting students with students, across international boundaries, using modern technology - IRRT Chair's Program
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center – S227
Description: Speakers will address what school libraries are doing or can do to reach students from other countries with the use of modern technology.
Speakers: Carol Brey, Information Resource Officer, U.S. Department of State; Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rutgers University; George Breaz, Library/Media Specialist at Advanced Technologies Academy in the Las Vegas area.


The Many Facets of Volunteerism - ISLD 
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center – N264
Description: Join the International Sustainable Library Development Interest Group for an interactive program on how volunteers participate in library development projects worldwide through travel to project sites, through participation in library to library collaboration such as sister libraries, through interactive programming such as Skype, and through fundraising and book drives to support library projects.  Breakout sessions will give opportunities for audience engagement and networking opportunities.
Speakers: Kay Cassell, Rutgers University; Athena Michael, Wiley Publishers; Rebecca Stephens; Eric Bemiller; Nancy Bolt, Nancy Bolt & Associates; Janet Lee, Regis University Dayton Memorial Library.
Singapore Libraries-Trend Setters in Community Engagement and Collaboration
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center-N111
Description: Come hear how the innovative, award-winning National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) has embarked on successful efforts such as Read@Schools and SURE (Source, Understand, Research and Evaluate) to encourage reading and through public libraries across the country to raise the level of information literacy nationwide. In addition to learning how NLB works collaboratively with government and community groups to achieve societal goals within Singapore, NLB will discuss its leading efforts in the Asia Pacifica project, modelled after the Europeana, to share digital materials from libraries, archives and other content institutions in the Asia Pacific. 
Speaker: Tay Ai Cheng, Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Librarian, Public Libraries Services Group, National Library Board of Singapore.
Leaning International…Recipes from the field
1:00 – 2:30
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center-N263
Description: Are you an MLS student or a recent graduate interested in working internationally? Are you seriously considering it? Do you want to get  a recipe on how to prepare for this challenging and exciting opportunity?  From service-learning project in Sao Tome to exciting library jobs in China and Kazakhstan…Come and hear first-hand from people who will share their real-life experiences and help you to go in the right direction.
Speakers: Martin Wolske, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) and Adjunct Lecturer, GSLIS UIUC; Sara Margaret Rizzo, Humanities & Eurasian Studies Subject Librarian; Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan; Samuel Charles Boss, Librarian, Guangzhou Public  Library, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
International Relations Committee II
1:00 – 2:30pm
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center - N215

International Librarians Reception
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum
4505 South Maryland Parkway

Description: Please join the International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 80 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and open bar. ALA President, Barbara Stripling, will announce the recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Projects.  Winners of the Bogle Pratt Award and the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship will be announced. Advance registration is required. International librarians registered for the full conference will receive one complimentary ticket. A ticket must be purchased for additional guests. Tickets will be sold in the convention center. *No tickets will be sold at the reception site.




Listed below are programs, discussion groups, and events with an international focus. Some events require advance registration and payment. Please see conference site for more details.


Friday, June 27

International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries Discussion Group
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Bally’s Hotel – Palace 1


Saturday, June 28

International Interlibrary Loan Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom Glace 1


International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally
8:30 am -11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center-N264


Modern Language Association International Bibliography Discussion Group
10:30 am -11:30 am
Las Vegas Convention Center-N115


Forum Migration 1914–2014: Asia and the World
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Bally’s Hotel – Bronze 1


Real Leaders in a Virtual World: Tools and Strategies for Success
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Las Vegas Convention Center-N252


Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bally’s Hotel – Palace 3


Sunday, June 29

International Documents Task Force Meeting (GODORT)
1:00 pm -2:30 pm
Ceasars Palace-Messina




+++Exhibit Hours+++
Friday, June 27: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Saturday, June 28:  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 29: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday, June 30: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

(Note: All panels, programs, and events are conducted in English only.)


Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109